Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 08, 2009 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Folk Festival Society of Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre-North), today announced funding for the Folk Festival Society of Calgary.

This funding will be used to support the 30th Calgary Folk Music Festival and a series of concerts and presentations throughout the year. This year's festival will feature more than 265 shows from both Canadian and international folk musicians. Community outreach activities will include Folk Boot Camp, songwriting classes, guitar lessons, folk music workshops, and educational sessions about the music industry.

"The Calgary Folk Music Festival provides the residents of Calgary and the surrounding area with access to a variety of great cultural and artistic experiences," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support this festival, which contributes to the community's vitality and economy."

"The Folk Festival Society of Calgary is a vital organization that brings the community together every year during its annual festival," said Minister Prentice. "I congratulate the many musicians and hard-working volunteers on 30 years of success and I look forward to another 30 years of folk music festivals in our city."

"The 30th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival presents a family-friendly, multi-genre mixture of local, national, and international artists," said Kerry Clarke, director of the festival. "The wonderful support from the Government of Canada to this prominent gathering of original, folk, and world music artists is critical to the success, stability and long-term sustainability of our not-for-profit community organization."

The Folk Festival Society of Calgary promotes the development of folk music and the arts in the Calgary area. The primary objective of the Society is to provide a supportive and stimulating atmosphere for the development of Canadian folk music and artists.

The Government of Canada has provided $120,000 under the Department of Canadian Heritage's Arts Presentation Canada Program. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager Communications
    Western Region
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155